My Lent Words 35: Compassionate God

The Hebrew word raham normally means to show mercy, compassion or pity. Closely related to the word for ‘womb’ raham is the word for that compassion which stirs our emotions.

‘The woman whose son was alive was filled with compassion for her son and said to the king, ‘Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!’’ (1 Kings 3:26)

‘…they will have no mercy on infants nor will they look with compassion on children.’ (Isaiah 13:18)

‘He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water.’ (Isaiah 49:10)

‘For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.’ (Isaiah 54:7)

‘As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;’ (Psalm 103:13)

It is God’s compassion that reached out for me.

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